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Beating the pipeline sanctions

It seemed like just the sort of sales coup that a fast-tracking high-tech firm would want to talk up. Thus when Andrew Corp. of Orland Park, Ill., which makes sophisticated telecommunications gear, managed to land a $3.5 million contract to supply microwave antennas to a French firm, company officials preened publicly at their achievement. The customer, Thomson-CSF, would be using the equipment to help establish a complex communications network that would serve much of the Yamal region of Soviet Siberia, where the U.S.S.R.'s vast 3,700-mile natural gas pipeline to Western Europe would originate. Then came the Reagan Administration's...

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